Gov. Walker issues disaster declaration for series of Bering Sea storms in December

Gov. Bill Walker has issued a disaster declaration for a series of Bering Sea storms over the New Year holiday that caused widespread damage on St. Lawrence Island.

Three northern Alaska storms began the night of Dec. 28 and continued to hammer the island through Jan. 4. Residents in Savoonga said the storms ripped roofs from homes, sent debris flying through windows and cut communications.

One of the homes damaged in Savoonga during the winter storms. (Courtesy City of Savoonga via

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